Frequently Asked Questions

Mental health therapy is a collaborative treatment approach grounded in the relationship between the client and therapist. Therapy uses a variety of methods to help an individual identify, explore, and change harmful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to promote a happier, healthier, and more rewarding life.

Chances are you have tried to cope or enact change on your own with varying degrees of success. That’s where I come in. If you’re feeling constantly overwhelmed, you’re struggling to build or maintain relationships, you’re having difficulty controlling your emotions, your academic or work performance is deteriorating, you’re turning to unhealthy coping strategies, and/or you no longer enjoy things or activities you used to, these may be warning signs that it is time to seek professional help. Together we can build skills to better manage stressors and emotions, let go of unhelpful behavior and thought patterns, and reinfuse joy, purpose, and meaning in your life.

In the intake session we will explore your current concerns and other relevant information in order to create a comprehensive treatment plan (or road map) to meet your therapy goals. In subsequent sessions we’ll start actively working on the plan we developed. Throughout our time together the treatment plan may be revisited and adapted to address new issues, goals, or changes in priorities as they arise. Once therapy goals are met and you feel confident in your new skillset, we will discuss strategies to manage inevitable future stressors and the termination of therapy process.

I use an integrative or holistic approach, meaning I do not ascribe to one theoretical orientation. Instead, I blend elements from a variety of theories as this allows me to better tailor therapy to your specific needs. Click here to learn more about the modalities I most commonly use.

Therapy does not operate on a one-size-fits-all model. It is a uniquely individualized process and therefore each client’s journey will look different. Factors such as presenting issue, goals, needs, and preferences will determine the length of therapy. As a result, some may benefit from more short-term support, while others may find they require sessions over an extended period of time.

When first beginning and during active work on treatment goals, sessions are generally held on a weekly basis to facilitate progress and for continuity between sessions. When therapy goals have been largely attained, sessions may be less frequent to support and maintain your progress.

Countless studies point to the efficacy of therapy in reducing distressing symptoms and in facilitating positive changes in one’s life. Research indicates that therapy helps to improve psychological and emotional wellbeing1 and is linked to positive changes in brain activity2.

Citations

Appointments take place via a secure and confidential HIPPA compliant virtual platform. Online therapy provides:

  • Accessibility: You are not limited to therapists located in your surrounding area. Instead, you have the ability to access therapists statewide which gives you more options to choose from to find your perfect fit.
  • Convenience and flexibility: There is no need to travel for face-to-face meetings. It is easier to fit a counseling session into your day when you do not have to worry about time and transportation.
  • Privacy: Since online therapy does not require you to travel anywhere, you do not have to worry about interacting with staff, running into someone you know, or being in a space with unfamiliar people at a time when you’re feeling more vulnerable.
  • Comfort: You may have avoided therapy in the past because the idea of being in an unfamiliar place makes you nervous. Being in a familiar environment can make it easier to talk openly about difficult issues. With online therapy, you can have your session from wherever you feel most comfortable — office, bedroom, couch, or car.
  • On your terms: The therapy process should cater to you and work for your schedule. Online therapy makes this a reality.

Research shows that online therapy increases access to care and is as effective as face-to-face therapy.

Citations:

  • Hilty, D. M., Ferrer, D. C., Parish, M. B., Johnston, B., Callahan, E. J., & Yellowlees, P. M. (2013). The Effectiveness of Telemental Health: A 2013 Review. Telemedicine and E-Health, 19(6), 444–454. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2013.0075
  • Barak, A., Hen, L., Boniel-Nissim, M., & Shapira, N. (2008). A Comprehensive Review and a Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Internet-Based Psychotherapeutic Interventions. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 26(2-4), 109–160. https://doi.org/10.1080/15228830802094429

All you need is a stable internet connection, a phone, tablet, or computer with a working camera and microphone, and a private space where you feel comfortable.

Therapy is an investment in yourself, not only to promote healing and stability in life’s most challenging times, but also to help foster wellness and flourishing in the good times. Please note that I am a private pay provider and am not contracted with insurance.

50 minute session: $155
30 minute session: $80

I have a limited number of reduced rate spots available. I believe that every person should have access to quality mental health care, but I recognize that finances can be a barrier to receiving treatment. Offering low-cost therapy services allows me to support underserved populations. Please reach out for availability and more information.

I do not accept insurance. I have chosen to be a private pay provider for the following reasons:

  • Our sessions remain confidential – when services are billed through insurance, insurance companies have access to your records.
  • I do not have to assign you a diagnosis – insurance companies require providers to make a diagnosis for reimbursement. However, not all people seeking out therapy meet criteria for a clinical diagnosis. Some examples include therapy for relationship issues, self-exploration, personal growth, and promoting wellness.
  • You are in control of your mental health care (i.e. you get to decide the frequency and duration of therapy) – insurance companies dictate how often and for how long I meet with you and sometimes even the type of therapy provided.

If you wish to seek partial reimbursement from your insurance company for Out-of-Network mental health services, I am happy to provide you with a Superbill (a monthly statement) upon request which you can submit to your insurance provider. Insurance plans vary but may reimburse 40%-80% of the cost of Out-of-Network therapy. Please note that I cannot guarantee that the services I provide will be reimbursed by insurance. If you do seek Out-of-Network reimbursement, insurance requires a diagnostic code on the superbill provided. 

To determine your Out-of-Network mental health coverage, you may call your provider and ask the following questions:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • Do I have a deductible? If so, what is my deductible?
  • Is mental health care subject to a deductible?
  • How much or what percentage am I reimbursed for routine behavioral health care out-of-network?
  • Is there an “allowable amount” for behavioral healthcare?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

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